Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Rule of threes, part of Photography Foundations: Composition.
Have you ever noticed that it's always a priest, a rabbi and a nun that are…walking into a bar together in a joke? Or a doctor, a lawyer and a penguin that…are fighting over the last parachute on an airplane?…It's never just a mountain lion and a rabbit that are going fishing together.…It's always three things and that's because three is a kind of important number.…One of something is just its own thing, two of something is maybe a coincidence,…three is an actual pattern.…Once you hit three, we begin to see some significance, we begin to apply some…meaning to something. Not necessarily deep spiritual meaning, but simply, oh,…there is a system here.…
I got three big refrigerators here. Three often works very well in composition.…If I only had two refrigerators, believe it or not, this wouldn't be as interesting.…So a lot of times when you're working with repetition, when you're working with…patterns, you want to be thinking at least in threes.…A great thing about three is it's not too many of something.…
The course addresses how the camera differs from the eye and introduces composition fundamentals, such as balance and point of view. Ben also examines the importance of geometry, light, and color in composition, and looks at how composition can be improved with a variety of post-production techniques. Interspersed throughout the course are workshop sessions that capture the creative energy of a group of photography students; shooting assignments and exercises; and analyses of the work of photographers Paul Taggart and Connie Imboden.
- Looking versus seeing
- Understanding when and why to use black and white
- Analyzing lines
- Arranging the elements into lines and shapes
- Working with perspective and symmetry
- Changing focal length, camera position, and depth
- Dividing rectangular frames into thirds
- Weighting the corners in square pictures
- Composing photographs of people
- Composing landscape photos
- Working with light: direction, texture, and negative space
- How to shoot color
- Guiding the viewer's eye
- Controlling depth
- Improving composition in post-production
Skill Level Intermediate
Photography Foundations: Black and Whitewith Ben Long3h 3m Intermediate
1. Understanding Composition
What is composition?2m 1s
3. Composition Fundamentals
4. Geometry: Lines and Shapes
5. Shooting Best Practices
6. Balance Revisited
8. Workshop: Finding Light
10. Guiding the Viewer
11. Workshop: Foreground and Background
13. Post Production
14. Workshop Exhibition and Wrap-Up
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